High Schools in Line for Major Upgrades
Moore County Schools, having saved more than $11 million from prior construction projects, has received permission to spend that on significant upgrades to its three high schools.
The county Board of Commissioners gave Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence the OK last week to use $11,082,494 on the upgrades, plus an additional $100,000 in lottery funds to cover any remaining costs.
“This is a good thing for Moore County, and modernizing the high schools is something that needed to be done,” Spence said “The kids deserve a great place to go to school.”
Spence addressed the board prior to the vote.
“Our phase I bond project was originally estimated at $54 million, but we completed it under budget with a savings of almost $11 million,’ he said. “These savings were the result of a good bidding process. We used sound construction management practices and a strategic allocation of resources.”
The $11 million granted by the board comes from these savings, Spence said.
The next construction phase will include modernization and standardization of facilities at Union Pines, Pinecrest, and North Moore High Schools, Moore County Schools’ Chief Finance Officer Mike Griffin said.
“We plan to renovate HVAC, roofing, the electrical system, the plumbing, fire alarms and security, technology and other systems at these schools,” he said.
The estimated cost is $5,737,782.
This phase also involves building auxiliary gymnasiums for Pinecrest and Union Pines at $2,067,074 and $3,277,638 respectively.
Griffin said that the $100,000 in lottery funds granted as a contingency “would probably not be needed.”
“Most likely we will be able to pay for the project through savings, but we needed to have the $100,000 approved in order to move forward with the project.”
Griffin reiterated the school system’s accomplishments from the first building phase.
“Phase one involved the creation of two schools, West Pine Elementary and Crains Creek Middle, and included renovations and additions to four elementary schools. We added classrooms to Union Pines and North Moore High Schools under phase one, completed water and sewer projects, and made improvements to the athletic facilities at all high schools and middle schools,” Griffin said. “The savings amounted to more than $800,000 for the taxpayers.”
Moore County School Board Chairman Kathy Farren addressed the board prior to the vote.
“Our two beliefs are to strategically allocate resources and to build community,” she said. “You (board members) show that you are interested in Moore County schools and we thank you for your support of our projects.”
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